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Monrovia High Battle of the Bands

Monrovia High School's tenth annual Battle of the Bands is  Friday, April 25, at the Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center at Monrovia High School. The program, featuring MHS musicians, starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $5. Jazz, pop, rock, indie music. Many musicians who continue to perform throughout California and beyond first performed at the Battle of the Bands. Some are returning to where their musical roots were first grounded. All proceeds go to for MHS PTSA senior scholarships.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools: Common Core; Writing with Legos; Salary Increase; Inhumanity; Honorees; Dollars for Books

At its April 23, 7 p.m. meeting (agenda: ) the Monrovia School Board will ...

~ Consider adopting a plan for how to spend $1,192,914 in Common Core funds from the state. The district has to have a plan to receive the money.

~ Get a report on summer school classes. I'm particularly interested in "Creative Writing with Legos."

~ Consider granting a 1.8% salary increase to school employees, retroactive to July 1, 2013.

~ Consider adopting a resolution "in remembrance of man's inhumanity to man" and affirm the district's "commitment to the teaching of tolerance, understanding, and the appreciation of the diversity in our schools and community" . Comment: Well, good, but be careful, School Board, the sexism police will be after you for using "man's inhumanity" instead of "people's inhumanity."

~ Honor for outstanding service: Beth Gromer, Instructional Aide, Mayflower Elementary School; Jennifer Pratt, Teacher, Mayflower Elementary School; Margarita Hernandez, Playground Aide, Santa Fe Middle School; Eric Johnson, Teacher, Santa Fe Middle School.

~ Receive $1,200 from the Monrovia Schools Foundation to buy library books.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at the New Del Taco

Lunch at the new Del Taco, right across from Target, on Huntington. A beautiful new building with indoor and outdoor seating. I got the number six combo, two tacos, a drink and fries for $5.45. Sometimes I like these crunchy gringo-style tacos, and these were good.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Thief Swaps Bikes; Slap on the Buttocks; Domestic Violence; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 14-16. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 428 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 428 service events, resulting in 88 investigations.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On April 14 at 6:15 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of Royal Oaks regarding the boyfriend of the reporting party being intoxicated and refusing to leave. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. A computer check was run on the subject and it was discovered that he had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested for the warrant. The subject complained of difficulty breathing. Monrovia paramedics responded and he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Theft of a Bicycle
On April 14, the theft of a bicycle was reported in the 300 block of West Colorado. The victim reported that someone took his black, BMX bicycle with aqua colored hubs from the rear yard. The suspect left behind a mountain bike. The investigation is continuing.

Theft from a Vehicle
On April 15 at 7:48 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 800 block of West Walnut. The victim parked her vehicle in her assigned parking spot the day before. She returned to her vehicle in the morning and discovered her cell phone, money, registration, and a pair of sunglasses were missing. She had left the vehicle unlocked. The investigation is continuing.

Sexual Battery
On April 15 at 8:47 a.m., a female subject was walking to her vehicle, which was parked in the 1200 block of South Mayflower. As she neared her vehicle, she heard someone behind her and felt someone slap her buttocks. The suspect kept going southbound on the sidewalk, riding his skateboard. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 18 years old, light complexion, 5'7" tall, thin build, wearing a zipped up, light-colored, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The victim came to the police lobby to report the incident. An area check was made by officers, but the suspect was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
On April 15 at 10:29 a.m., a Monrovia High School security employee saw a male subject standing near a vehicle in the school parking lot. The employee knew the vehicle belonged to a student and thought the subject might be a parent. As he walked toward the vehicle, the subject ducked down behind the car and then ran west, jumping over a fence onto Madison. Police were called as the student/owner of the vehicle was located. Apparently, the suspect had made entry and was trying to hotwire the vehicle. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, late 40's, heavyset, wearing a burgundy shirt and denim shorts. The investigation is continuing.

Delaying an Officer – Suspect Arrested
On April 15 at 2:53 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 300 block of West Huntington saw a juvenile subject who matched the suspect description from a sexual battery that occurred earlier in the day. He contacted the subject and found him to be in possession of tobacco products. The subject provided unverifiable information to the officer. The juvenile was arrested and brought to the station. A detective was notified and spoke with the juvenile. The juvenile was later released to his parents with a citation for the tobacco offense and delaying an officer. The investigation is continuing.

Spousal Battery / Violation of Restraining Order / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
On April 16 at 2:56 a.m., an officer responded to the 1300 block of South Primrose on the report of domestic violence. The female victim said her boyfriend punched and slapped her several times in the face and head. She did not have any visible injuries and declined medical treatment. Investigation revealed the male subject was previously served with a domestic violence restraining order, and he also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor / Furnishing a Minor with Alcohol and Marijuana / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On April 16 at 6:39 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 300 block of West Huntington regarding a juvenile problem. When the officer arrived, he observed a male and female consuming alcohol to the rear of the location. Upon contact, he learned the male subject was 20 years old and the female was 17 years old. The male adult was found to be in possession of marijuana. The investigation revealed the male adult had furnished the female juvenile with alcohol and marijuana. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and for the warrant. The female juvenile was taken to her residence, where she was released to the custody of her father.

Monrovia High Baseball Tied for First

Monrovia 9-6 over San Marino in baseball. Now in a tie for first place with San Marino and Temple City in the Rio Hondo League.
- Brad Haugaard

Friends of Monrovia Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Monrovia Public Library Spring Sale will be held on May 16-17.  Books, CDs, DVDs, Books on Tape and Library Merchandise. Sale Hours: Friday: noon to 5 p.m.;   Saturday: noon to 3:45 p.m. Saturday Only:  The “$3.00- a- Bag Sale” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center: SOS for Helpers

Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center needs volunteers to help unload mail trucks full of food during the 2014 Letter Carrier Food Drive, May 10.  Call 358-3486 for more information. 

- Brad Haugaard

Poppies in Early Monrovia

History: Planting poppies along Monrovia roads:

- Brad Haugaard

More Monrovia Good Friday Services

~ Community Good Friday Service sponsored by the Monrovia Ministerial Association. Noon at IFGF Church, 145 W. Palm. Palm and Primrose, across from Library Park

~ First Presbyterian Church Monrovia Good Friday Concert and Reflection, 7:30 p.m. Requiem by Gabriel Faure, featuring: The FPCM Choir, The Community Concert Choir, Glendale College Singers, Original Instrument Chamber Orchestra.


- Brad Haugaard

Magnolia Closing for Four Months at Railroad Crossing

Detour map

Magnolia Avenue at the railroad crossing, just north of Duarte Road, will be closed for approximately 4 months as part of the Metro rail project. The closing will begin on April 21 through August 2014 (24-hours per day, 7 days a week). Sidewalks will also be closed but a free shuttle service will be provided to assist pedestrians around the closure between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Source: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority press release

- Brad Haugaard

Myrtle-Duarte Intersection in Monrovia to Open Five Weeks Early

The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority reports that the grade crossing work on Myrtle Avenue is nearly complete, and the street will reopen by 7 a.m. this Thursday, April 17, five weeks ahead of schedule. To complete the final work (re-striping and realigning the traffic lanes), the intersection of Myrtle and Duarte will be fully closed starting tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 p.m., through 7 a.m. Thursday morning, when both streets will be fully open.

Source: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority press release

- Brad Haugaard

50-Cent Sale Today at Monrovia's Giving Hands Thrift Store

Giving Hands Thrift Store in Monrovia is having a sale today. All books, VHS, and DVDs are 50 cents each today. The store, which supports local charities, is at 925 W. Foothill.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Stayhealthy Instals Health Kiosks in Markets, Pharmacies

Stayhealthy, Inc., of Monrovia, has deployed 765 of its Stayhealthy HealthCENTER kiosks throughout Albertson’s supermarkets and pharmacies. The FDA-cleared, self-monitoring kiosks provide convenient, clinical-grade health screenings free of charge to check blood pressure, heart rate, total body composition (percent lean mass, percent body fat, and hydration index), total body weight/BMI, and vision (color blindness), and support the uploading of readings taken from personal blood glucose meters, enabling meaningful trending of blood glucose levels over time.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Color Guard Takes the Silver

The Monrovia High Color Guard took second place and the Silver Medal at the WGASC regional division championships. This was also a school record score of 91.98. Video of the performance:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stealing SUV Seats; Waiting for a Theft; Drugs; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 10-13. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Disturbing Subjects / Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
On April 10 at 4:39 p.m., an officer responded to a park in the 300 block of South Myrtle regarding disturbing subjects. The officer observed two subjects in a verbal argument. One of the subjects removed his shirt and took a fighting stance with the second subject. The officer confronted the subjects and after investigation, arrested one of them for being drunk in public.

Vehicle Burglaries
On April 10 in the late evening, three vehicle burglaries were reported to police. The burglaries occurred in business parking lots located in the 700 to 900 blocks of West Huntington. In two of the burglaries, the third row seats had been taken from two SUV’s. In the third incident, a vehicle window was shattered and an iPad that was visible through the window was taken. The investigations are continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On April 11 at 2:36 a.m., an officer observed two subjects in a business parking lot near Chestnut and Magnolia. One of the subjects appeared to be hiding something near a bucket. The officer stopped and spoke with the subjects. When the officer searched the area he had just seen the subject near, he located a used glass smoking pipe. The suspect was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
On April 11 at 8:15 a.m., an officer on patrol located an unoccupied stolen vehicle in the 600 block of West Huntington. Officers watched the vehicle until a male subject approached and entered the vehicle. The suspect was stopped and arrested. The stolen vehicle was recovered and returned to the registered owner.

Theft From an Unlocked Vehicle
On April 11 at 11:23 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 400 block of Wildrose Avenue. The victim went to his vehicle in the evening and saw the passenger door was not secure. He discovered several items missing from the interior of his vehicle. The vehicle had been left unlocked. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft – Suspects Arrested
On April 13 at 2:31 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 500 block of West Huntington when he observed three suspicious subjects in a business parking lot. Two of the suspects had entered the business, a male and a female, and the third male suspect appeared to be acting as a lookout in front of the store. Officers watched the store and waited to see if they were going to commit a theft. Several minutes later, the suspects exited the store carrying a large shopping bag full of store merchandise. When they saw officers approaching, the female abruptly removed a bottle of cologne from the bag and tried to conceal it. After investigation, the male suspect was arrested and charged with petty theft and stolen credit card information. The female was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.

Driving Under the Influence / Hit and Run Traffic Accident – Suspect Arrested
On April 13 at 9:58 p.m., a caller phoned police to report a vehicle had just struck a parked car at Olive and Alta Vista and then drove away. When police arrived, they conducted an area search and located the vehicle that had fled the scene. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be under the influence of alcohol, was unlicensed, and uninsured. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Meeting on Planned Closure of Mountain and Magnolia in Monrovia for Railroad Work

There will be a meeting held by the Gold Line construction folks this Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Santa Fe Middle School (148 W. Duarte Rd.) to discuss the planned full closure of Mountain Avenue (at Duarte Rd.) and Magnolia Avenue (at the railroad crossing). The closures are required to allow crews to complete grade crossing improvements.

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus Team Will Compete in Auto-Mileage Contest

An automotive team from Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, will be one of 125 student teams from across the Western Hemisphere competing at the eighth annual Shell Eco-marathon Competition to determine which student-built vehicle can travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.

The Citrus Automotive and Physics Eco-marathon (CAPE) Owls - an interdisciplinary research group composed of seven physics and automotive technology students - was selected to compete in the global event taking place April 24-27 at the Discovery Green Park in Houston. This is the Owls' first time in the event.

- Brad Haugaard

Classic Cars at Unity Center Awards Dinner

Foothill Unity Center Fabulous ‘50s Golden Plate Awards dinner will feature classic '50s cars, many from the group, Street Rods Forever. Among the classics will be a purple 1958 Chevy Impala, a black 1956 Chevy Bel Air from Street Rods co-founder Joe Eddy, a red 1957 Chevy convertible and a white 1955 Chevy Corvette babied by owner Robert Green, plus a cream 1956 Ford T-Bird on loan from Brad and Vicky Balmot of Arcadia. As many as 400 guests are expected for the April 26 fundraising event at Pasadena’s Trinity Ballroom. Tickets are $150 each and may be ordered online. For more information, visit

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia On the Home Front During World War Two

"On The Home Front" is an upcoming exhibit about Monrovia during World War Two at the Monrovia Historical Museum (742 E. Lemon). The grand opening on April 22, 1-4 p.m. will feature WWII WASP pilot Beverley Beesemyer, The Patriot Guard Motorcycle Group, the Monrovia VFW and American Legion.

- Brad Haugaard

Automation at the Monrovia Chili's

My wife and I had dinner at the Monrovia Chili's tonight, and this device was on the table. It lets you re-order (not your initial order) drinks, order dessert, play games (for $.99), read USA Today, and pay your bill. You cannot order appetizers or main dishes (you can preview some dishes), though it is easy to see that day coming. I suspect this will result in fewer servers in the long run.

- Brad Haugaard